Self-help
Self-help Self`-help", a. of, pertaining to, or useful for the process of developing one's capabilities or solving one's problems; as, self-help books on writing for profit. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • self-help — n. Handling some matter that could involve legal authorities without using the normal legal process, such as taking possession of collateral when a debtor defaults or evicting a tenant for nonpayment of rent without involving the police. The… …   Law dictionary

  • self-help — self helper, n. self helpful, self helping, adj. self helpfulness, n. /self help , self /, n. 1. the act of providing for or helping or the ability to provide for or help oneself without assistance from others. 2. Law. the act or right of… …   Universalium

  • self-help — self help′ adj. cvb (of a book, home study course, program, etc.) offering individuals information or counseling on how to help themselves attain certain goals • Etymology: 1825–35 self help′er, n. self help′ful, self help′ing, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • self–help — / self help/ n: the act of redressing or preventing a wrong by one s own actions rather than through legal proceedings ◇ The Uniform Commercial Code permits creditors to repossess collateral by self help if it can be done without a breach of the… …   Law dictionary

  • self-help — n [U] the use of your own efforts to deal with your problems, instead of depending on other people ▪ a shelf of self help books ▪ Our program emphasises self help. ▪ a self help group for single parents …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-help — 1831, from SELF (Cf. self) + HELP (Cf. help). Apparently coined by Carlyle. British Self Help Emigration Society is attested from 1887 …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-help — noun uncount things that you do to solve your own problems instead of depending on other people. A self help group consists of people who discuss their problems and find ways to deal with them. A self help book is designed to help you solve your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Self-help — n. 1. The act of aiding one s self, without depending on the aid of others. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) The right or fact of redressing or preventing wrongs by one s own action without recourse to legal proceedings, as in self defense, distress, aba …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-help — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} tecnica per imparare a risolvere da sé i propri problemi, spec. comportamentali e di relazione {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1887. ETIMO: comp. di self se stesso e help aiuto …   Dizionario italiano

  • self-help — [self′help′] n. care for or betterment of oneself by one s own efforts, as through study …   English World dictionary

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